I have to agree with you. There are some very exposed areas do to the forest fires in section 2. IF the weather turned bad hiking could get quite challenging.
From the steel bridge I have hiked East towards Waterton and hung at the top of the hill. It's about 3.5 miles to the top with a nice view of the valley and river. However not much to do once you get up there.
From the steel bridge I have hiked West and hung in the trees near the quarts mine. It only has about 1/2 mile of steep climbing. Again not much to do once you have camp setup.
550 East of Bailey has many nice car camping spots. Tons of trees, good fire pits. However the woods are thick so there's is not much of a view or again much to do once you have camp setup. One could drive to the river and fish the open pockets. But I can't say I've caught any trout doing that.
Hee Hee, I think I've just talked myself out of those area of the CT.
Heck, I'm up for anything you guys decide [best shug voice] I just want to get out in the Piney Woods, drink a little hot chocolate and listen to the trees pop[/shug]
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Haven't had time to read thru all these posts but my two suggestions would be...
A. near Monument CO--up over Mt. Herman road? Great views and some hidden canyons I mountain bike on. Breakfast when we leave at The Coffee Spot in Monument! : )
B. Mohawk Lakes trail is gorgeous. Amazing views. Water falls which should be frozen by now. Near Breck.
This is killing me! I'm really looking forward to getting to know the Colo. and Utah guys, but these dates conflict with my Colo. Saddle Makers Winter Seminar. I'm definitely not asking for a date change, as I agree that a full moon is the greatest time to go. I'm just whining! An additional winter date would be nice. Enjoy! Maybe I'll just have to get a hang going on this side of the hill.
Not sure if I can make this one. january is looking full with trips to Mass. and Cali already planned. If I go it will be a last minute decision. Fun time last year.
Maybe I need to finally order me a WBB
BTW - if it is around the Rampart area, I have a better chance of going, since I live near Monument. For me, the closer the better, which may get me to do one night or a day trip.
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MLK weekend hang,
If anyone needs a ride to this event, and you live around the Littleton area I have room for 2 with gear.
I'm definitely a fan of doing more group hangs, and switching it up for some of them - just be warned that the last time we tried a hike-in Colorado hang, three people showed up - Just Jeff, MrsMustardman, and me. I'm sure most of that can be chalked up to bad timing, but we've had some trouble getting people together for group hangs in the past, and I am a big fan of trying to include as many people as possible, so the car camping excursions are perfect in that context.
On the flip side, the very small "group" hang we did with the hike in at Goose Creek was just plain gorgeous. Great location and well worth the walk.